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Privacy notice 008 - specialist image capture

This notice is one of a set which explain what data we collect, store and process to provide our services to customers. It also sets out the legal basis we are using for collecting the data stated.

It should be read alongside our overall privacy notice and the breach process, which sets out what we will do should any data we collect be lost or misused.

What data does this notice cover?

Under the Fire and Rescue Services Act Section 7, we have a legal duty to provide an emergency response service to fires, road traffic collisions and any other emergency which we can reasonably foresee occurring within Kent and Medway. To perform this role, we will collect personal sensitive information about people we have provided services to at emergencies, their personal circumstances and their health. 

We will also seek to learn from the incidents that we attend to learn from them so that we continually improve what we do. We also have legal powers to undertake investigations to understand the circumstances that caused the incident to occur in the first place in certain circumstances. To do both these tasks the use of specialist image capture is beneficial. 

As part of training, and to assess the condition of our estate, we may fly drones over buildings and land we own. 

Our legal bases

Under the powers of Section 7 of the Fire and Rescue Services Act, we have a legal power to take all steps necessary to resolve an emergency. We use specialist devices to record images and film of incidents we attend. The use of aerial devices [known as drones], and underwater recording equipment may result in the inadvertent recording of living persons. This is unlikely to be identifiable imagery. 

Type of data collected

We will collect:

  • Inadvertent recording of living persons. This is unlikely to be identifiable imagery. 
  • Images of an identifiable person’s property

Who might we share your data with?

Drone and underwater footage will be shared with police to assist with their enquiries into any cases they may be investigating. 

We may also share images of fire scenes taken by our fire investigation team with forensic investigators appointed by insurers. These will be shared in order to assist with their enquiries in determining the origin and cause of any fires they may be investigating. However, any images shared with forensic investigators acting on behalf of an insurer will not include images of identifiable persons, either living or dead.

Where is the data stored?

All imagery is captured on devices provided by the Authority. The use of personal devices for such imagery is forbidden and may be investigated under the Authority’s code of conduct for employees. 

Data captured from drones or under-water equipment for investigations on behalf of the Police, another fire and rescue service or other authorised agency will be immediately transferred to that agency at the scene of the incident, and then destroyed. They will not be stored within our network at any time.

How long will we hold your data for?

Drone and underwater camera footage is retained for a maximum of three years unless submitted to a public enquiry. 

What are my rights?

You have the right of access to any data we hold which identifies you. You can ask to see it by making a subject access request.

We do not charge for making a subject access request.

Sharing data with Kent Police and other enforcing agencies is a legal duty placed upon us, and you cannot remove your consent to us doing so.

If you want to amend any data we hold about you, or query why we hold it, please email dataprotection@kent.fire-uk.org or use the details on our contact us page.

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